noun Computers.

a microprogram stored in ROM, designed to implement a function that had previously been provided in software.

Origin of firmware

First recorded in 1965–70; firm1 + (soft)ware Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for firmware

Historical Examples of firmware

  • Just flash the firmware on a ten-dollar Radio Shack reader/writer and you're done.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for firmware



computing a fixed form of software programmed into a read-only memory
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Word Origin and History for firmware

1968, from firm (adj.) + ending from software.

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